Prospective Students: Master's
The master of arts degree in industrial/organizational psychology:
• Provides a theoretical foundation for addressing a broad range of behavioral issues in the workplace.
• Develops professionals within human resources, organizational development, and training fields.
• Equips organizational leaders with a graduate education that relates directly to their practice as leaders.
• Is a 66-credit program (56 credits required, plus ten elective credits) designed to be taken over a two-year/seven-quarter or three-year/11-quarter sequence.
• Allows electives to be fulfilled from any approved graduate courses.
• Involves eight to tweleve credits per quarter for full-time students.
• Requires a master's project in which students apply their research skills within an organizational setting (to be completed in the final year of the program).
The master's degree program is designed to meet the industry standard for graduate programs in industrial/organizational psychology.
Our program curriculum targets each area of competence suggested by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which ensures that our graduates are fulfilling not only the expectations for master's-level education but also fulfilling the expectations of experts working in the field.
Review the targeted competencies (PDF, 29 KB) in the master’s degree program.
The master’s degree program begins in Autumn Quarter and admits students once a year. The application deadline is December 15.
The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program admissions committee conducts a preliminary screening process. Admission depends upon recommendation by the program faculty members and approval from the department chair.
This process is usually completed within eight weeks after the final application deadline.
Admission Requirements for
the M.A. Degree
Transfer of Credit
Students who have taken graduate work at a regionally accredited institution may be allowed to transfer up to 12 quarter units. Students must provide applicable transcripts and/or syllabi.
Each transferrable course must be
• A minimum of three graduate quarter credits.
• Equivalent to courses taught in SPU’s industrial/organizational psychology programs.
• Completed within seven years of admission.
A minimum grade of “B” will be required for transferred work. Any transfer-credit petitions should be submitted only after formal admission to the master's program.
Apply: Begin your journey by filling out the graduate application form.
Course Schedule: See a sample two-year course sequence.
Costs/Financial Aid: Get insights into costs and the ways to pay for them.